Well here it is, the vintage kimono that came out top of the votes was the pink one with cranes (which I’ve been told represent long life and happiness). I know that some of you have been dying for the details of the kimono ‘flea market’, so here they are.
Ichiroya Kimono Flea Market is an Japanese online kimono boutique with literally thousands of kimonos and haori (shorter versions) to choose from. All kimonos are vintage, ranging from $38 up to $2000 depending on the age, skill involved and quality. The descriptions and details of each kimono are fantastic, with detailed images of every single flaw, measurements and history.
Ichiroya ship internationally and the costs are pretty reasonable. My P&P cost $12.90 which in fact works out considerably cheaper than Net-A-Porter. All prices are in US dollars, but are converted into sterling on the website.
Just one tip when ordering. After placing your order, you will receive an email, followed by an invoice for payment. Because I ordered over the weekend, I had to wait until Monday to pay, but as long as you know that’s how it works, you won’t panic.
The service was brilliant, and with comments such as “I believe that the cranes on the lovely Kimono will bring good luck to you from Japan”, and “I hope your package will make you smile when you open it”, I just can’t wait for it to arrive.
A selection of vintage kimonos from Ichiroya Kimono Flea Market